For Immediate Release
Come Play With Me! Piano Project Launches
at Deer Lake Regional Airport
For Monday, August 10, 2015
Come Play With Me, a project initiated by Business and Arts NL to install pianos in public spaces across the province, will launch it’s second public piano on August 10, 2015 at 11:00 am at Deer Lake Regional Airport.
Gros Morne Summer Music student Noah Hamilton will introduce the piano to its new home by performing a 15 minute musical set starting at 11am.
The gently used and well-loved piano, donated by Corner Brook Residents Charlotte and Kent Jones, was decorated by Corner Brook artist Jackie Alcock who imagined an Underwater Theme for the piano and brought it to life using a combination of paint and woodwork at the Rotary Arts Center.
This piano will provide an opportunity for locals and visitors to express their musical talent and share it with bystanders as they pass through Deer Lake Airport. Street pianos are part of a larger movement that’s grown in popularity over the last number of years, with over 1300 pianos on display worldwide.
Business and Arts NL launched its first piano in St. John’s International Airport last December and it’s been hugely successful.
Musicians have been finding creative ways to harness some of the magic of this piano. Fairgale, a newly formed band based out of St. John’s, recently posted a Youtube video of the band performing an unplugged version of a classic Trooper song. The video has received nearly 5,000 views, and landed the band a spot opening for Trooper at this year’s George Street Festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pOy6K_nCYQ
Humber Motors has proudly sponsored the Deer Lake project. “We look forward to seeing family, friends, visitors and tourists get joy and happiness from the piano,” says Joe Antle, General Manager of Humber Motors Ford. “This is an amazing way to spotlight the talent of a Newfoundland Artist and highlight the amazing things that can happen when business and arts communities help each other.”
If you would like to become involved with a piano project, or have a piano that you would like to donate, please contact Business and Arts NL.
Artist: Jackie Alcock
Jackie is a dabbler who works in the gray area between fine art and fine craft so her work is diverse. It includes digital, oil painting, printmaking, rug hooking, wood working, sculptures, video and collage. Her work deals with the themes of women, body shape (human or creature), the passing of time (past, present and future) and miscellaneous work, which showcases the knick knack side of life. Her work can be serious or whimsical and she is a connate creator and has found, throughout her career, the value in recycling older art pieces into something new. http://www.jackiealcock.ca/
Piano Performer: Noah Hamilton
Noah first started playing the piano when he was four years old. He’s a member of Gros Morne Summer Music, and is a student at Corner Brook Intermediate. http://gmsm.ca/
Sponsor: Humber Motors Ford
Humber Motors Ford is known as the oldest car dealership in Corner Brook, and in recent years has relocated to 45 Confederation Drive. Humber Motors takes pride in its customer satisfaction and offers superior sales and services to its valued customers. Committed to servicing friends and customers, they provide best products with the best service for the best prices. http://www.humbermotorsford.ca/
Host: Deer Lake Airport
Deer Lake Airport has new state-of-the art facilities and offers a variety of services that meet your travel needs. The airport serves Western Newfoundland and offers regularly scheduled passenger services with major carriers to and from Eastern and Central Canada, as well as connections all over the world. http://www.deerlakeairport.com/
Project Coordinator: Business and Arts NL
Business and Arts NL is a not-for-profit organization focused on building long-term relationships between the private and creative sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador. https://businessandartsnl.com/
Business and Arts NL
President & CEO
Deer Lake Airport
(709) 635-3601 ext 222